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Republican Lawmaker: Unequal Pay Justified Because Men Are ‘More Motivated’ Than Women

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One Republican legislator in New Hampshire has a rather unique take on the equal pay issue: A Republican lawmaker from New Hampshire on Wednesday said that women are paid less than men because they don’t work as hard or as often, insisting throughout his speech that his argument was legitimate, despite objections from his fellow […]

Charlie Crist Leads Rick Scott In Florida

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A new Rasmussen poll has former Governor, and former Republican, leading his successor Rick Scott: Republican-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist leads incumbent GOP Governor Rick Scott by six points in Rasmussen Reports’ first look at Florida’s 2014 gubernatorial race. The latest statewide telephone survey of Likely Florida Voters shows Crist, who served as governor from 2007 to […]

Eric Holder To Remain As Attorney General Through Midterm Elections

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Back in February, Attorney General Eric Holder stated that he would be stepping down before the end of the year. Due mostly to the fact that the changes that Harry Reid orchestrated to the filibuster rule last November meant that a Democratic-controlled Senate would be able to push the nomination of a replacement through by […]

Baseball Fandom Mapped

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You  The guys at the new New York Times blog Upworthy have done some data crunching and generated a bunch of maps showing which Major League Baseball teams are most popular throughout the country: Steve Rushin of Sports Illustrated has called the line running through Connecticut that separates Yankee fans and Red Sox fans the Munson-Nixon line. Mr. […]

Cliven Bundy Tries To Clarify Himself, and Fails

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Nevada Rancher Cliven Bundy appeared on a radio show this morning to respond to the reports regarding his statements about race and slavery. To say the very least, he didn’t help his case at all He said, “I’m wondering are they happier now under this government subsidy system than they were they were slaves when […]

The Bundy Video

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Via TPM:  Here’s Video Of Cliven Bundy’s Remarks About ‘The Negro’.

Japanese Robot Shows Up Obama At Soccer

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Among his stops during his visit to Japan, President Obama met up with a soccer playing robot: During his visit to Japan, at the Tokyo Miraikan Science Expo, President Barack Obama had a brief encounter with Honda’s humanoid robot ASIMO, The Wall Street Journal reports. ASIMO, which stands for Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility, took a bow […]

Russians Drinking Less Vodka

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Russians are drinking less vodka than they used to: By the time Medvedev handed the presidency back to Putin in 2012, his anti-alcohol campaign had quietly produced marked improvements in Russian health. Consumption of all types of alcohol had dropped from 18 liters per capita to 15. Suicides, homicides, and—most telling—alcohol-poisoning deaths occurred less frequently. In 2011, “only” […]

Penn State Alumni Want New Paterno Statue In State College

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Shortly after we learned that Penn State officials, including famed football coach Joe Paterno had failed to act when first learning of reports that former Assistant Coach Jerry Sandusky had been abusing young boys, the statute of Joe Paterno on the Penn State campus was removed in the dead of night. Now, some almuni are quietly […]

Nobody Remembers Herman Cain

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At least that’s what seemed to be the case on Jeopardy last night: While the political world might think Herman Cain was the GOP’s most memorable candidate from the clown show known as the “2012 Republican presidential primaries,” apparently last night’s Jeopardy! contestants remember otherwise. The clue: “This pizza magnate and 2012 presidential candidate was […]

Gay Marriage Bans Being Challenged In All But Four States

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The legal challenges to bans on same-sex marriages have gone nationwide: Last week, there were five state same-sex marriage bans that had yet to be challenged. On Tuesday, that number fell to four. Next week, it’s expected to drop to three. Georgia’s ban is the latest to be challenged. Seven people filed suit against the state […]

GOP Candidate: Christians Should Pull Their Kids Out Of Public School

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One Republican candidate for Lt. Governor in South Carolina doesn’t seem to like public education: A South Carolina candidate for lieutenant governor thinks Christian parents should pull their children out of the “godless” and “pagan” public school system. Addressing a crowd at an April 12 rally in Charleston, Republican E. Ray Moore said Christians currently face […]

From The “I’d Hate To Be This Guy’s Lawyer” File

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A Kansas man on trial for murder has an interesting tattoo:  A Kansas man facing first-degree murder charges is trying to convince the government to let him do something about his giant “MURDER” neck tattoo before the trial begins. The first-degree murder case against Jeffrey Chapman is scheduled to begin next week. Prosecutors say Chapman killed a man […]

U.S. Troops Headed To Poland, Baltic States

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In what is quite obviously intended as a message to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the United States is sending troops to Eastern Europe: The U.S. is sending about 600 ground troops to Eastern Europe this week to “reassure” allies there as Washington resumes its campaign of pressure on Russia over the Ukraine standoff. About 150 […]

No Powdered Alcohol After All

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Yesterday it was reported that a Federal agency had approved the sale of powdered alcohol, today we learned that this decision has been reversed: A federal agency that had originally approved a new powdered alcohol product reversed its position Monday. The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved Palcohol’s powdered vodka, rum, and other cocktails […]

Coming To A Store Near You: Powdered Alcohol

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Thanks to a recent decision by the relevant Federal agency, Americans will soon be able to buy powdered alcohol: American drinkers could find themselves sprinkling their favourite beverage rather than pouring it, as powdered alcohol brand ‘Palcohol’ is now fully approved by the US government. The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau this week […]

General Mills Reverses Position On Right To Sue

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Late last week, I wrote about a change of policy by General Mills that seemed to say that consumers who interact with the company online would abandon their right to sue the company in court and would instead be forced to send their disputes to arbitration. After pretty much universally negative reactions, the company has […]

Elizabeth Warren Once Again Says She’s Not Running For President

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Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is once again telling supporters that she has no plans to run for President in 2016: (CNN) - Days before the release of her new book, Sen. Elizabeth Warren reiterated that she’s not angling for a White House bid. “I’m not running for president,” the Massachusetts Democrat said in an interview that […]

Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter, Boxer Once Wrongfully Convicted Of Murder, Dies At 76

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Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter, a boxer whose career was cut short in the mid 1960s after he was accused and wrongfully convicted of murder in New Jersey, died today at the age of 76:  Rubin (Hurricane) Carter, a star prizefighter whose career was cut short by a murder conviction in New Jersey and who became an […]

Bryan Cranston: Prom Broker

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Via the BBC:  Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston helps fan win prom date

Fox Takes Up Residence At The White House

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Not the network, the animal: WASHINGTON—There’s a new guest at the White House. Unlike most people who pass through the presidential residence, he wasn’t invited. But in cutthroat Washington fashion, he saw weakness and took advantage. Now he rests and plays uninhibited at the seat of power. He also has pointy ears and a bushy […]

The Best Time Of Day To Fly

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Nate Silver nearly missed his flight on Friday so, as any self-respecting data nerd would do, he crunched the numbers to try to determine when the best time to fly might be: The best time to fly is between 6 and 7 in the morning. Flights scheduled to depart in that window arrived just 8.6 […]

Tales from the Dumb Side

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Via the AV Club:  Professor suspended for Game Of Thrones shirt that threatened community college kingdom.

In 1914, Boston Braves Wore Hats With Swastikas On Them

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There used to be a time when swastikas were thought to bring good luck: Why were the Boston Braves wearing a swastika on their caps when they opened the 1914 season against the Brooklyn Dodgers? The swastika’s nearly universal association with Nazi Germany was still years away, although a militarist German youth movement adopted it as […]

That’s Just Fancy Mini-Golf

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Via the NYT:  In a Hole, Golf Considers Digging a Wider Among the unconventional types of golf is an entry-level version in which the holes are 15 inches wide, about four times the width of a standard hole. [...] Another alternative is foot golf, in which players kick a soccer ball from the tee to […]

U.S. To Conduct Military Drills In Poland, Estonia

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As the Ukraine situation continues to move toward an outcome that seems hard to predict, the United States is about to send a message of sorts to Russia: WASHINGTON — The United States plans to carry out small ground-force exercises in Poland and Estonia in an attempt to reassure NATO’s Eastern European members worried about […]

Avalanche Brings Single Deadliest Day Ever On Mt. Everest

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An avalanche on the world’s highest mountain has resulted in the deaths of at least twelve Nepalese Sherpas: KATMANDU, Nepal — An avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early Friday, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving four missing in the deadliest disaster on the world’s highest peak. Several more were […]

There Are A Lot More Twins Out There

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Alexis Madrigal notes that there are more twins being born today than there used to be: From about 1915, when the statistical record begins, until 1980, about one in every 50 babies born was a twin, a rate of 2 percent.  Then, the rate began to increase: by 1995, it was 2.5 percent. The rate surpassed […]

Majority Of Colorado Voters Have Smoked Pot

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This is perhaps the least surprising poll result ever: More than half of all Colorado residents have tried marijuana at some point in their lives, according to a collection of data released by Quinnipiac University pollsters. Quinnipiac, which is based in Connecticut, conducts scads of state-by-state polling and, on Friday morning, tweeted out a chart comparing […]

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Is Running For Re-Election

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The guy who may be the most unique Mayor in all of North America formally opened his re-elec Toronto Mayor Rob Ford officially launched his re-election campaign before a crowd of supporters Thursday night — sticking closely to the issues he has stressed over his last four years as mayor. In a 30-minute speech before […]

Kathleen Sebelius Says She’s Not Running For Senate

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As I noted earlier this week, some Kansas Democrats were suggesting that Kathleen Sebelius, the former Kansas Governor and outgoing Secretary of Health and Human Services, should run for Senate this year for the seat currently held by Republican Pat Roberts. Yesterday, Sebelius made it clear that she’s not interested in running: WASHINGTON — Kathleen […]

Portland Dumps 38 Million Gallons of Water Over 16 Ounces of Urine

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Portland, Oregon government officials and USA Today headline writers are innumerate.

Secret Service Threatened To Kill Mets Mascot

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One of the men who played the role of Mr. Met, the baseball-headed mascot of the New York Mets, relates that he was once told by a Secret Service Agent that getting close to President Clinton would be a big mistake: John Wilkes Booth. Lee Harvey Oswald. Mr. Met? A Secret Service agent threatened to […]

Lawyer Who Defended California’s Proposition 8 Looking Forward To His Daughter’s Lesbian Wedding

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The lawyer who defended California’s Proposition 8 before the Supreme Court is having what some are calling a change of heart: The lawyer who argued before the Supreme Court in favor of upholding California’s ban on gay marriage learned while he was handling the case that one of his children is gay and now is […]

Ted Cruz’s Dumb Shutdown Stunt Hurt His Fundraising

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Apparently, Ted Cruz’s shutdown stunt last fall is hurting him in the pocketbook: Ted Cruz’s fundraising dropped sharply in the early months of 2014 after peaking during the government shutdown, a signal that his central role in that fight was a boon to his campaign finances. The Texas Republican’s fundraising still remained strong in 2014 […]

Scientists Find Earth-Sized, Possibly Habitable, Planet

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NASA scientists have discovered the first earth-sized planet outside the Solar System that may also be habitable: It is a bit bigger and somewhat colder, but a planet circling a star 500 light-years away is otherwise the closest match of our home world discovered so far, astronomers announced on Thursday. The planet, known as Kepler […]

Pro-Russian Forces Ordering Jews In East Ukraine To ‘Register’

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A disturbing development in the ongoing crisis in eastern Ukraine: Jews in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk where pro-Russian militants have taken over government buildings were told they have to “register” with the Ukrainians who are trying to make the city become part of Russia, according to Israeli media. Jews emerging from a synagogue […]

Invading Crimea Has Harmed Russia’s Economy

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The invasion of Crimea may have cost Russia a lot more than it expected: MOSCOW — Russia’s economy has been hit hard by the turmoil in neighboring Ukraine, Kremlin officials said Wednesday, as pro-Russia separatists battled to take over more territory in Ukraine’s east — and potentially add to Moscow’s economic burden. Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea […]

Two Joe Biden’s On The Ballot In 2016?

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Vice President Biden continues to leave open the possibility of running for President in 2016, but his son Beau Biden, whose actual name is Joseph Robinette Biden III, has already decided that he’ll be running for Governor of Delaware that year: DOVER, Del. — Vice President Joe Biden’s eldest son, Beau Biden, said Thursday that […]

Joe Biden’s Cadillac For Sale On Craigslist

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A 2005 Cadillac STS that was apparently was owned by Vice-President Biden is for sale: The car’s current owner, Jeff Finkle, is currently advertising the car on Craigslis tunder the heading, “2005 Cadillac sts v8 joe Biden owned it 2005-2008 – $15000.” “Joe Biden caddy sts v8 North Star engine 4×4. Total package everything included. Push […]

Coming Soon: A Reality Show Staring Capitol Hill Staffers

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It would appear that the reality show meme may be finally jumping the shark: Hollywood might soon be coming to Hollywood for Ugly People. Sources tell the Washington Examiner that a “House of Cards” veteran is working to produce a reality show based in the district starring “D.C. up-and-comers,” including Capitol Hill staffers. The show is currently […]

Free Porn For Members Of Congress

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If you get elected to Congress, you get free porn: Congressional offices have a porn problem, but it’s not exactly what you think. Since 1983, Larry Flynt has sent the monthly magazine he founded, Hustler, to each and every member of Congress. The dirty mag comes in a plain manila envelope, fairly undetectable to the poor […]

Islamist Rebels Kidnap Over 100 Nigerian Schoolgirls

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This story out of Nigeria’s ongoing conflict with Islamist rebels doesn’t sound like it’s going to end well: (Reuters) – Islamist rebels duped dozens of Nigerian schoolgirls into thinking they were soldiers come to evacuate them before abducting over 100 in their latest anti-government raid, one of the survivors said on Wednesday. Gunmen suspected to […]

Your Brain Starts To Deteriorate At Age 24

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Apparently, youth is even more fleeting than we thought: That’s according to researchers at Canada’s Simon Fraser University, who have foundthat measurable declines in cognitive performance begin to occur at age 24. In terms of brainpower, you’re over the hill by your mid-20s. The researchers measured this by studying the performance of thousands of players of […]

Kathleen Sebelius For Senate?

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Just days after resigning as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Seblieus is apparently been courted to run for Senate in November: WASHINGTON — In her darkest hour last fall, Kathleen Sebelius suffered one of the deepest cuts from an old family friend who accused her of “gross incompetence” over the […]

How Congress Got Booze During Prohibition

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The fact that alcohol consumption was illegal in the United States for a decade in the 20th Century didn’t stop Members of Congress from getting their libations: While members of Congress may have championed Prohibition laws on the House floor, many of them happily broke the rules in any of the 3,000 speakeasies scattered throughout […]

Brad Pitt To Play General Stanley McChrystal In Afghan War Movie

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The book that the late Michael Hastings wrote based on the time he spent following former Afghan War Commander General Stanley McChrystal is set to become a movie starring Brad Pitt in the role of the General who ultimately was forced to resigned due to his comments about civilian and military superiors: There are few […]

Ukraine Begins Military Operations

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The Ukrainian government has said that it has begun military operations in the east in response to rising unrest: SLOVYANSK, Ukraine — After days of failing to enforce its own ultimatums, the Ukrainian government on Tuesday began what the president called a military operation to confront pro-Russian militants in the east of the country. The […]

Escobar’s Hippos

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Via Worldcrunch:  Pablo Escobar’s Hippos Are Running Wild.

21st Century Kids Try To Figure Out What A Walkman Is

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Watch this, and prepare to feel very old: On the bright side, these kids will be able to keep in shape getting off of everyone’s lawn.

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